geomertric and arithmetric sequences

• Feb 1st 2009, 05:20 AM
hmmmm
geomertric and arithmetric sequences
a geometric sequence of posotive terms has first term 2 and the sum of the first three terms is 266 calculate the common ratio

an arithmetric sequense A has first term a and a common difference of 2 and a geometric sequence B has first term a and common ratio 2. the first four terms of each sequence have the same sum. obtain the value of a

any help would be appreciated
• Feb 1st 2009, 05:36 AM
skeeter
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Originally Posted by hmmmm
a geometric sequence of posotive terms has first term 2 and the sum of the first three terms is 266 calculate the common ratio

\$\displaystyle 2 + 2r + 2r^2 = 266\$

solve for \$\displaystyle r\$

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an arithmetric sequense A has first term a and a common difference of 2 and a geometric sequence B has first term a and common ratio 2. the first four terms of each sequence have the same sum. obtain the value of a
\$\displaystyle a + (a+2) + (a+4) + (a+6) = a + 2a + 4a + 8a\$

solve for \$\displaystyle a\$
• Feb 1st 2009, 05:36 AM
red_dog
1) \$\displaystyle a_1=2, \ a_2=2r, \ a_3=2r^2\$

\$\displaystyle a_1+a_2+a_3=266\Rightarrow r^2+r-132=0\$ and you have to solve the quadratic.

2) \$\displaystyle a+(a+2)+(a+4)+(a+6)=a+2a+4a+8a\$

Now find a.